When the New York Knicks and Miami Heat hook things up Thursday night, fantasy basketball owners may want to tread with caution as two potential starters could be out of the lineup.
On the Miami side, guard Dwyane Wade is listed as a game-time decision.
If you own Wade, you are used to that by now, but since Wade did not participate in Thursday’s shootaround, there’s a good chance he sits this one out. The Heat also play Friday night, so you can bet he will receive a DNP one of the next two nights.
If Wade does play against the Knicks, I would be encouraged.
In his 27 appearances this year Wade has played quite well, averaging 19.5 points on career-high 54 percent shooting, with 4.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.9 steals.
On the New York side, Andrea Bargnani was sick during Wednesday’s practice and he’s questionable to play vs. the Heat.
Given Miami’s lack of size, it may have been a good matchup for Bargnani, at least for the first half of the game, given that Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson likes to sit Bargs a lot in the second half even when he’s playing well.
Either way though I would make sure Bargnani is out of your lineup.
In other Knicks injury news, Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin are both game-time decisions with illnesses, Beno Udrih (knee) is questionable, and both Pablo Prigioni (toe) and Metta World Peace (knee) are out.